By Dustin Slaughter
On the steps of the Philadelphia School District headquarters at 440 North Broad Street this morning , candidate Ken Trujillo called for the dissolution of the controversial School Reform Commission (SRC) – and a return of public control to Philadelphia’s school system.
According to Daily News’ Chris Brennan, Trujillo stated:
“Education is the critical issue, it’s the issue of our generation. The concern I have is there is no ownership. The SRC, the school take-over, has resulted in there being no ownership of education in Philadelphia.”
Like the 2015 ballot measure that was going to be proposed by Councilwoman Janie Blackwell – but did not even make it to council’s floor for a vote earlier this week – Trujillo’s statement is largely rhetoric, and according to Brennan, “was short on answers about how he would gather the political will to disband the SRC.”
The $2 per pack cigarette tax, touted by many officials as a stop-gap solution to the enormous school budget deficit facing the district, may come up for a vote as soon as today.